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DuPage County parenting plan lawyerOne of the most important things you must come to an agreement about when you get a divorce is how your children will split their time between you and the child’s other parent. In the state of Illinois, all divorcing couples who have children together must come to an agreement on their own about a parenting plan, attend a mediation session to help them come to an agreement or have the judge make decisions about the parenting plan if you and your spouse cannot come to one any other way. A parenting plan will set out the future of your co-parenting relationship and while it is not set in stone, you should aim to include all of the necessary items in your plan the first time around.

Holidays and Other Special Dates

Though the basis of your parenting plan will be dictating when each parent spends time with the child, you should make sure that plan includes different holidays and other special dates that might be fought over. Be sure to include all holidays that you may want to spend time with your child -- not just the major ones. Christmas and Thanksgiving are highly-contested holidays, but if you also want to make sure you get an equal amount of time on holidays like Easter and Valentine’s Day, be sure to write that into your parenting plan.

Travel and Vacations

If you and your spouse know that you each will be going on planned vacations, you should be sure to include provisions about that in your parenting plan. Vacations can disrupt the normal parenting schedule, so you should agree in advance how much time you need to plan the vacations prior to leaving.

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DupageIn some divorces, the completion of the divorce is the last time that the couple will have to talk or communicate with each other. Once you have gone your own ways, there is no need to have anything to do with each other again.

If you have children, divorce can become a little bit more complicated. Having children with someone means that you will forever be bound to that person because you share a child or children in common.

Even though you may still have feelings of anger or hurt against your ex-spouse, it is important that you put those feelings aside for the sake of your children. Co-parenting takes a great deal of cooperation and compromise. Here are five tips to help practice successful co-parenting after a divorce:

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IL divorce lawyerAfter a divorce, one or both spouses may wish to relocate. Whether they do so because they landed a new job, would like to be closer to their side of the family, or simply want a fresh start, it is important to take their child’s best interests in consideration. Let’s take a closer look at what to do if you are planning on relocating with your child after divorce.

A Written Notice

If you are interested in relocating with your child, you must provide the other parent with a written notice. If possible, the notice should be given to them at least 60 days before you plan to move. In the event 60 days is not an option, as soon as possible will do.

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Illinois family law attorney, Illinois child custody lawyerFor most people, the grandparent/grandchild relationship is considered a welcoming one that binds the family together and is often recognized as a deep relationship in extension of our parents. Those lucky enough to still have a grandmother or grandfather realize just how influential they are to the development of one’s sense of self. They provide refuge from a parental disagreement, can voice their opinions without retribution, step in the parental role often due to divorce and can offer that huge hug when things are not going well. In essence, a grandparent plays a significant role on who we become in adulthood no matter the circumstances.

For as important the role of grandparents is, currently there is not an official estimate of how many grandparents inhabit the United States today. At last estimate, the number was approximately 56 million. This estimate, derived from a 1965 study by Bernice Neugarten of the University of Chicago, a leading gerontologist or her time, established the five different types of grandparenting styles that are still relevant today.

The Formal Grandparent

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b2ap3_thumbnail_child-removal-illinois.jpgMy girlfriend left Illinois with our son. Is there any way for me to get him back it Illinois? She left with our son without even telling me. I have never been involved in a paternity case with her and I did not sign a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity at the time my child was born because she never told me that I was the father until after his birth.

When living in Illinois as an unmarried couple all too frequently one parent relocates the couples' child to another state. Many times the move occurs without the other parent even telling the other parent, usually the father, that the Child will be permanently residing in another state.

Up until now, if the couple was unmarried, the parent who remained in Illinois lost his ability to object to the removal of the child to another state, particularly if an Illinois father had never been legally declared to be the father of his child. He was simply out of luck. By the time the mother removed the child to another state it was too late for him to ask for custody (even joint custody) or object to the move to another state.

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